The Business Center aligns with parent company HCDC

The Hamilton County Business Center (HCBC), the largest and longest-running incubator in the Southwest Ohio region, is rolling out a new brand name and logo as the HCDC Business Center. After 25 years, the Norwood-based business incubator will include its parent company, HCDC, as part of its branded name. This name change emphasizes a common identity for HCDC’s three program areas under one mission- grow businesses that create jobs. As a private non-profit, HCDC also provides growing businesses financing and economic development services in Hamilton County.

“We’ve seen more and more crossover in the companies that we serve,” says David Main, President and CEO of HCDC. “Once we grow a startup in the incubator, they graduate into the community and sometimes need help with financing.”

One such business that has used HCDC’s services is Listermann Brewery. Dan Listermann grew his home brew equipment business in the incubator and then bought his iconic building on Dana Avenue with an SBA loan from HCDC Business Lending.

HCDC’s structure is unique and key to its success, and is one of only two business incubators in the country that is also an SBA certified lender and an economic development provider. This move will enable HCDC to maintain services while offering one less acronym that needs an explanation (HCBC/HCDC). Here’s a quick breakdown of the name change:

What is changing?
HCDC is aligning its three program areas under one brand so the incubator is now the HCDC Business Center.

Hamilton County Business Center Logo

Old Incubator Logo

HCDC Business Center Logo

New Incubator Logo






Why Did HCDC Do This?

Consolidating into one name –HCDC- allows the company to better cross promote our services that have helped thousands of area businesses grow. Other benefits to the name change include: saving money on cross promotion, saving time it takes to explain two different acronyms (HCDC/HCBC).

HCDC Business Center recently celebrated its silver anniversary with former and current resident companies along with community partners. The Business Center has had more than 300 resident companies that have created over 2,300 jobs and helped generate $500 million in economic activity since inception.